RTE 261 Principles of MRI Imaging I

This course introduces the fundamental principles of MRI to prepare the student to perform clinical MRI examinations of the human body with special consideration to image production, quality control, terminology, basic procedural steps and MRI equipment and safety. The objectives of this course are to 1. Describe and apply the basic principles of MR instrumentation 2. Describe and apply the physics concepts utilized in MR examinations 3. Identify and apply imaging parameters to MRI scanning, and options for maintaining image quality 4. Demonstrate knowledge of MR image contrast 5. Demonstrate the use of MRI equipment and safety. The following lessons are included in this course: Instrumentation and Safety, Spatial Resolution, Gradients, Proton Animations, Electromagnets and MRI, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Signal and MRI Contrast, MRI In Practice, Image Weighting and Tissue Contrast. These files are SCORM packages and can be easily uploaded to your Learning Management System (LMS), such as Blackboard or Desire2Learn. If you want to view or use the files without an LMS, download the files to your computer, extract (unzip) the file, open the extracted folder, and click to open the story.html file. The lesson will open in your browser window. If used on your LMS, the user will be given a score of complete or incomplete. This completion data is only available if used on an LMS. The SCORM packages are complete and not available for editing. If you would like to include additional information, consider adding the content before or after the booster on your LMS.
Primary Material Type:
Online Course Module
Other Material Types:
Pueblo Community College
Funding Source:
Instrumentation and Safety, Spatial Resolution, Gradients, Proton Animations, Electromagnets and MRI, Decision Tree MR sequences, MSK, Nuclear Magnetics Resonance Signal and MRI Contrast, MRI in Practice, Image Weighting and Tissue Contrast, Magnets, MRI, CT, MR Scanner, Bore, Tesla, Ultra-Low field, Low field, Mid field, High field, Ultra-High field, Magnetism, Diamagnetic, Paramagnetic, Superparamagnetic, Ferromagnetic, Permanent Magnets, Resistive Magnets, Superconducting Magnets, Gantry, Operator Console, MR Computer, Planes, Electromagnetic Induction, Faraday’s Law, Voxels, Protons, T1 Recovery, T2 Relaxation, Precession, Longitudinal Magnetization, Transverse Magnetization, Electromagnets, Current, Magnetic Field, FID signal, Weightings, T1, T2, T2*, PD, TE, TR, 180 RF pulse, Spatial Resolution, Scan Time, Signal to Noise Ratio, Contrast to Noise Ratio, Pixels, Voxel Size, Scan Time, Spin Echo, Inversion Recovery, Gradient Recall Echo, Signal Intensities, Hypotense, Hypertense, Transverse Component, Fat, Water, CSF

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Microburst Learning worked with instructors to create courses in an interactive, e-learning format associated with this grant.
Industry Sector:
Developmental Education
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations (29-0000)

Education / Instructional Information

Credit Type:
  • Credit
  • Non-Credit
Credential Type:
  • Certificate
  • Stacked/Latticed Credential Model
  • Associate Degree
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
  • 2nd Year Community College or equivalent
Time Required:
20 minutes to 1 hour per lesson
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Mix of Active and Presentation.
Quality Rubric:
Quality Note:
See uploaded file “Consortium of Healthcare Education Online (CHEO) RTE Course Development Process”.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
  • Participation as an ongoing member of team developing the instructional materials
  • Conducting an evaluation of the instructional materials and providing a report
  • Other
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Expertise of Project's Instructional Designers
  • Other Rubric


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  • Hyperlinks Rendered As Active
  • Colors Compatible With Assistive Technology
  • Contrast Ratio of at Least 4.5:1.
  • Synchronized Text Track
  • Non Flickering Content

Copyright / Licensing

Primary License:
Creative Commons License
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